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Hands-on Permaculture Design and Forest Garden Construction using Keyline Water Systems with Rick Valley
In a condensed process, we will take two days to observe the site, set up an initial keyline-type farm path and pattern which will accommodate irrigation, and design the primary tree layout.
We will engage in design brainstorming sessions from observation to suggesting species selection and horticultural tactics, with opportunities for hands-on demonstration and practice.
Using both laser and simple optical levels and opportunity to practice with the basic A-frame level, we will establish grades for the layout of a a 1-2 acre forest garden. The path will be roughed out with equipment and we will finish the work with hand tools, mulch and seed balls.
Rick Valley is a permaculture teacher and designer, nurseryman and partner in Earthkeeper Landscaping LLC, OLCB# 7922. Past Landsteward at Lost Valley Educational Center, he was part of the teaching team in the first permaculture design courses in Canada, Belize and Alaska and the first urban course in Portland and has consulted on the Beacon Food Forest Project in Seattle. With a few years elsewhere mixed in, he has been working and living in western Oregon since 1973. After hearing the evaluations of his fellow participants in the course they took with Bill Mollison in 1986, has been including hands-on education in permaculture courses ever since, and frequently teaching hands-on permaculture. After extensive travel and living in the “not-over-developed world” working without petroleum-fueled equipment has been another of his lifetime themes.
Residents in Ananda Laurelwood’s long-term Cities of Light program are guided by the universal spiritual teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda and practice living by high principles to develop and maintain uplifted spiritual communities. “Each person comes from a place and assumption that all are doing their best, which fosters a true sense of community.”(quote from new resident, May 2013).